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America Goes Over (Part II)


Published 1918
Topics World War I


Government-produced historical record of major World War I battles.


Run time 15:40
Producer U.S. Army, Signal Corps
Sponsor U.S. Army, Signal Corps
Audio/Visual Si, B&W

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Signal Corps film of World War I. One of the early controlled efforts to produce a government newsreel.



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Reviews

Reviewer: gry123 - - May 15, 2010
Subject: The numbers
2,000,000 German Soldiers were killed
1,800,000 Russian Soldiers were killed
1,400,000 French Soldiers were killed
1,100,000 Austrian Soldiers were killed
900,000 British Soldiers were killed
800,000 Ottoman Soldiers were killed
650,000 Italian Soldiers were killed
100,000 U.S. Soldiers were killed

It was a war where the Generals dehumanized their own troops. The strategy of British and French Generals was that if they killed each other on a one to one basis, the Allies would win the war because they had more soldiers to sacrifice. There is a scene in the movie All Quiet on the Western Front where the Germans storm an Allied trench, take the trench, then are ordered back to the base because the Generals had no intention of keeping the trench. Simply an exercise to keep the boys busy. Extra rations for those who survived.
Reviewer: Crod Rootnum - - January 19, 2008
Subject: USA in WWI
I find it interesting that whenever they show the French, They are going to the left of the screen, when everyone else is going to the right.
Hmmm. Le run away?
I give this film all stars because of it's preservation, and quality. A shame there is no music to go along with the soldiers.
Both my Grandfathers were in that war, my Mother's father was hit with mustard gas, which was with him all his life.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - December 22, 2002
Subject: Awesome and Very Stirring
Part II) A totally different film then Part I. Part I was made by British Pathe, while this appears to be directly from the American Army itself. Film details the difficulties the Allies were having with 'The Enemy' (who is never named by name) and it's eagerness to have America join World War I. Men volunteer, and many more are drafted. In an interesting scene, the secretary of war is shown drawing the first number.. he's even got a blindfold on his head! We then show the process of preparing the men to go to war, and finally their trek to Europe.
Awesome battle scenes are shown here, with fire guns, heavy artillery, and something called a Y gun, which looks really scary, and even scarier when people are just hanging around as it goes off.
Amazing scenes of past president Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt seeing the troops off to war as well.
Just an incredible film, and very well worth to see.
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